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Friday, 09 June 2017 15:02

By October, you may have to provide a unique identification number like Aadhaar or passport number to book an air ticket, even for a domestic flight.

 

Union aviation minister Jayant Sinha said on Wednesday: "The digital traveller working group and national no-fly list implementation plan suggest that a unique digital ID may be required for air travel. In the next 90 to 120 days, some unique ID like PAN, Aadhaar or passport may be needed to book an air ticket. We are trying to see what else we can have as unique digital unique ID so that more people are covered."

Currently, air travellers need to show an ID card and air ticket at airport entry points to enter the terminals. And for international travel, passports are required. Now, Aadhaar, permanent account number (PAN) or passport Number could be the digital unique identification necessary to be given for all air travellers. 

The aviation ministry has set up a working group to provide suggestions on implementing the scheme to make travel a seamless affair with the help of digital technology. "This group will come out with a white paper in 30 days and then comments will be sought from stakeholders before finalising the norms," Sinha said.

However, Aadhaar will not be mandatory under the new initiative but be among the options for digital identities. "Passengers still have the option of carrying a boarding pass if they so wish. A white paper will be given on creating seamless travel, after which comments from public then a decision on this issue. Those who provide biometric ID will be able to zip through airports. The ministry of civil aviation is studying proposals and will conduct extensive consultations to ensure comprehensive traveller coverage, convenience, and privacy," Sinha said

Source:TimesOfIndia